USA Baseball president Mike Gaski speaks during the 45th annual Wilson Hot Stove banquet Tuesday evening at Recreation Park Community Center. Listening are master of ceremonies Alton Britt, left, and Raleigh radio personality Tony Riggsbee.

Hot Stove carries torch for summer game

The evening carried a touch of somberness and the crowd was a tad smaller than in recent years, but the Wilson Hot Stove burned brightly, the chilly weather outside notwithstanding, for the 45th …
Wilson Prep first-year head coach Anthony Atkinson turns his head up to the rafters of the Tigers' gym to celebrate what would become a 70-66 win for the program over North Edgecombe in 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference play on Tuesday night.

Shake-up in the Tar Roanoke: Tigers outrun Warriors in 70-66 thriller

The contributions of many put the Wilson Prep varsity boys basketball team in position to hand North Edgecombe its first loss in 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference play on Tuesday night at home. The …
Wilson Prep freshman Keyonna Thompson embraces contact as she prepares to shoot a close-range shot in a 61-52 loss to North Edgecombe on Tuesday night. Thompson scored 17 points in the loss.

Comeback falls apart for WPA girls vs. North Edgecombe

After pulling within four points at the start of the fourth quarter, the Wilson Prep varsity girls basketball team fell victim to a similar kind of run late, eventually losing to North Edgecombe …

AREA ROUNDUP: Briggs’ 32 points sparks Lady Bruins by Nash Central, 66-56

ROCKY MOUNT — A commitment to better defense resulted in instant success for the Beddingfield varsity girls basketball team, which rode freshman Daneesha Briggs’ career-high 32 points in …

MIDDLE SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Elm City outlasts Speight, remains deadlocked for first place

Connie Pleasants bucketed 19 points for the Elm City girls basketball team Tuesday afternoon in a 30-23 victory over Speight. Mallory Jenkins tacked on nine points for the Lady Vikings (8-1), who …

Area Calendar, Jan. 22-23

Wednesday, January 22   College Men’s Volleyball Queens at Barton, 7 p.m.   High School Varsity Girls Basketball Greenfield at Lawrence Academy, 6 …
Virginia center Jay Huff (30) and North Carolina State forward D.J.Funderburk (0) battle for a rebound during the second half of Monday’s game in Charlottesville, Va. The Wolfpack won 53-51.

Wolfpack shows toughness in grinding victory at Virginia

If there was a game that encapsulates what it will take for N.C. State to emerge as one of the top teams in this season’s ACC standings, it would have to be the Wolfpack’s win Monday at …
Duke forward Matthew Hurt (21) drives to the basket against Miami during the second half of Tuesday's game in Durham.

No. 8 Duke runs roughshod over Miami, 89-59

DURHAM — The 30-point Blue Devils are back, ending their two-game losing streak with their fourth 30-point romp in their last five victories. Eighth-ranked Duke (16-3, 6-2 ACC) won 89-59 …
School Sports
Student-athlete of the week

Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of the Week: Devyn Bullock, Wilson Preparatory Academy

Devyn Bullock has been a key contributor to his Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity boys basketball team all season, making him this week’s Farris & Thomas Law Attorneys Student-Athlete of …
Guess Who?

Guess Who?

“Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the photo, please leave a comment below.
“Guess Who?” is a weekly photo feature from The Wilson Times sports photo archives that will run each week in the Times sports section. If you know or would like to guess who is in the …

Life is good: Highsmith’s buzzer-beater bring Bruins back from 21 down

Beddingfield's Avery Huggins finds himself in a sea of North Lenoir players, including Trevor Sears (11), Jamir Jones Gatling, center and Brandon Brooks (15) during Monday's MLK Invitational game at Farmville Central. The Bruins won 74-72.
FARMVILLE — With just two points to his name Monday afternoon, Beddingfield High senior guard Jatavis Highsmith characterized his play as “sluggish” and his demeanor as …
Fike senior Aaron Bancroft listens to instructions from his coaches as he has Rocky Mount’s Joevontay Dickens close to being pinned during their 170-pound match Saturday during the 3-A Big East Conference duals tournament. Bancroft went 5-0 on the day as the Golden Demons went unbeaten to claim their fifth straight Big East duals crown.

Demons rule 3-A Big East duals for 5th straight year

Fike High rolled to its fifth consecutive 3-A Big East Conference dual-team wrestling championship Saturday in dominant fashion as the host Golden Demons defeated all five conference rivals. Fike, …

Area Calendar, Jan. 21-22

Tuesday, January 21   High School Varsity Boys Basketball Raleigh Christian at Wilson Christian, 7 p.m.; Beddingfield at Nash Central, 7:30 p.m.; Greene Central at Washington, 7:30 …
Retiring high school football officials Harry Helmer and Charlie Bedgood pose for a photo following a roast in their honor Saturday evening at Wedgewood Public Golf Course’s banquet room. The two men have combined for 80 years officiating high school football in North Carolina.

The last whistle blows: Longtime football refs Helmer, Bedgood retire, get roasted

With 80 combined years of calling high school football games, retiring Wilson officials Harry Helmer and Charlie Bedgood got a send-off from family, friends, colleagues and even some former …
Barton senior guard Summer Baer, putting up a 3-point shot during a game against North Greenville on Jan. 11 at Wilson Gym, fired in a career-high 26 points, including seven 3-pointers, in the Lady Bulldogs’ 101-33 victory Saturday at Southern Wesleyan in Central, S.C.

BC women dominate Warriors, 101-33

CENTRAL, S.C. —The difference between the penthouse and the basement of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas women’s basketball standings was illustrated in graphic fashion by Barton …

The Life and Times Podcast, Dec. 11, 2019

It's the state championship edition of The Life and Times Podcast as the boys discuss Southern Nash impending title game against Charlotte Catholic as well as a quick overview of what's happened so …

College Sports
Barton junior center Blake Burdack (34), looking to put up a shot during a game against North Greenville on Jan. 11 at Wilson Gym, scored a career-high 24 points in the Bulldogs’ 86-82 victory Monday afternoon at Erskine College in Due West, S.C.

Bulldogs win from the line at Erskine

DUE WEST, S.C. — Conventional wisdom dictates that it is difficult to hold a significant free-show shooting advantage on the road in college basketball. Don’t tell that to the Barton …

Lady Bulldogs batter Flying Fleet, 78-49

DUE WEST, S.C. — The repetition of Monday’s formula for success for the Barton College women’s basketball team could well have the Lady Bulldogs acquiring one — or multiple …
Community Sports
Former UNC star athlete Danny Talbott, shown at the N.C. Baseball Museum’s Celebrity Golf Tournament in 2010 at Wedgewood Public Golf Course, died Sunday at his home in Rocky Mount at age 75.

Former Rocky Mount High, UNC star Talbott dies of cancer at 75

ROCKY MOUNT — Danny Talbott, a two-sport athlete at the University of North Carolina and member of the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was …
Pro Sports
Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk, right, drives past Orlando Magic forward Wes Iwundu in the first half of Monday's game in Charlotte. The Hornets lost, 106-83, their seventh straight defeat as they prepare to depart for Paris, where they will meet the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.

Listless Hornets leave for Paris on a skid

CHARLOTTE — After Charlotte knocked off the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks on the road to open the 2020 calendar year it appeared that the Hornets had turned a corner. Seven straight …
College Notebooks
UNC Notebook

Tar Heels tumble into losing mark in January for 1st time since 2001-02 season

North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks (15) tumbles over Pittsburgh’s Trey McGowens after trying a shot during the first half of Saturday’s game in Pittsburgh.
It has been a long time since North Carolina has looked as helpless and hapless on the basketball floor as they have over the past month, as the Heels now have their first losing record (8-9) since …
NC State Notebook

Virginia Tech’s Wabissa Bede (3) and North Carolina State’s Markell Johnson (11) battle for a loose ball in the first half of a game Saturday in Blacksburg, Va.

Wolfpack still seeking consistency as ACC heats up

N.C. State has reached the quarter mark of the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball campaign and the Wolfpack has yet to find any consistency, except when it comes to players missing …

Duke Notebook

Clemson’s Aamir Simms grabs a rebound while defended by Duke’s Vernon Carey Jr. during the first half of Tuesday’s game, in Clemson, S.C. Duke lost 79-72.

Tighter rotations mean less margin for error for Blue Devils

Well, what did we learn from Duke’s surprising loss at Clemson? Perhaps the most revealing information was Duke’s 10-man rotation has been more than “coachspeak” from Blue …

ECU Notebook

East Carolina signee Mason Garcia of Carolina Forest High warms up before a game in Myrtle Beach on Sept. 20, 2019. Garcia is one of three quarterbacks signed by the Pirates in this year’s recruiting class.

Pirates load up on QBs in early signing class

It’s atypical to see a college football program sign three scholarship quarterbacks in one recruiting class, but East Carolina felt the talented trio the Pirates inked as part of the 2020 cycle …

Fike @ 50
The quiet superstar: Unassuming Crumpler the central player of Fike dynasty
Carlester Crumpler. Car-les-ter. Crump-ler. The alliterative rhythm of the name lends to the overall legend of its owner, who … Read More
Wilson Fike: State champs of the 4-A football circuit
In the end, it was just like head coach Henry Trevathan said it would for his Fike High Cyclones football team in 1969. The veteran … Read More
Plan of attack: Fike’s formations played a major role in championship seasons
Wedged among the layers that make up the remarkable tale of Fike High School’s three straight state 4-A championships in … Read More